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The ADM Readers' albums of 2015

The votes are in, the counting's done. Here's YOUR views on the best music released in 2015

  1. Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell
  2. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly
  3. Julia Holter Have You In My Wilderness
  4. Jamie xx In Colour
  5. Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think…
  6. Joanna Newsom Divers
  7. Grimes Art Angels
  8. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment Surf
  9. Beach House Depression Cherry
  10. Björk Vulnicura
  11. Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear
  12. Tame Impala Currents
  13. Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love
  14. Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer
  15. Kamasi Washington The Epic
  16. Kurt Vile B'lieve I'm Going Down
  17. Titus Andronicus The Most Lamentable Tragedy
  18. Beach House Thank Your Lucky Stars
  19. Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion
  20. Ezra Furman Perpetual Motion People


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What's this? A best albums of 2015 poll that doesn't have To Pimp A Butterfly at No.1? If we weren't 100% confident in our own calculations we'd be tempted to demand a recount.

So dominant has Kendrick Lamar's creation been that we never really expected anything other than further confirmation of its status as an instant classic.

Does the fact that it was nudged down to No.2 by Sufjan Stevens prove what an independently-minded bunch of music lovers you ADM readers are? Maybe. But then Carrie & Lowell was the No.2 album in both our Poll of Polls list and our ADM Top 10 so it probably constitutes more of a slight deviation from the critical consensus than outright contrariness.

That view is supported by the familiarity of most of the names up at the top of our readers' chart. However you lot are clearly more appreciative of Beach House than the critics, with both of the duo's 2015 releases figuring prominently whereas only Depression Cherry appeared in the Poll of Polls and even then only down at No.24.

And if we were tempted to conclude that the preference for Sufjan Stevens over Kendrick Lamar hinted at less enthusiasm for hip hop than that displayed by the critics, the appearance of Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment in the top 10 counteracts that. Surf, the debut from Nico Segal's hip hop and soul outfit, mustered only a lowly 36th slot in our Poll of Polls.
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